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Ella Baker: Outspoken warrior and civil rights heroine

"Until the killing of Black men, Black mothers’ sons, becomes as important to the rest of the country as the killing of a White mother’s son – we who believe in freedom cannot rest until this happens." – Ella Baker

End the NCAA’s plantation economics

“It cannot be said that the employed scholarship players are ‘primarily students.’”

We need an attention span beyond Flight 370

If you missed the news about the disappearance of Malaysian Flight 370 over the Indian Ocean, you must have been buried in sand. For three weeks, we have been bombarded with theories – was it terrorism? Pilot error? Something else? ...

CDC locks out Black providers, community

On March 19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded $115 million over five years to 21 organizations to provide technical assistance and capacity building to health departments, AIDS service organizations and community-based organizations implementing high-impact prevention and improving ...

Standing on the shoulders of a proud Black feminist

In a world that is dominated by men, especially White men, feminism is, for me, an empowering concept.

The invisible leaders of social change, civil rights

Women’s History Month is a reminder that in every major American social reform movement, women have always played a critical role

Empowering, uplifting and uniting Black America

Every March the National Newspaper Publishers Association and its philanthropic arm, the NNPA Foundation, gather in Washington, D.C., for Black Press Week.

Obama worse than Bush on SBA loans

When I interviewed Marie Johns, then the outgoing deputy secretary of the Small Business Administration, a year ago, she said the SBA does not separate figures by race, though it hopes to do so at some point.

It’s time to grow up: Our eduction system

I have spent the majority of my career in education, either as a classroom teacher or as an educational consultant.

Dedication of the Black Press

Since 1827, the African American community has depended on Black newspapers to tell their stories and provide information relevant to their community.

Whistling Dixie: The GOP’s ‘culture of poverty’ gambit

The 2014 mid-term elections are just eight months away – and the Republicans are worried about Black voters again.

Romancing the ‘power to vote,’ ignoring our ‘voting power’

It’s so silly for Black people to fight over the Dems and Repubs when it is counterproductive for us to be enslaved by either party.

Obama keeps promise to use ‘power of the pen’

During his State of the Union address, President Obama promised to use the power of his pen to achieve the policy objectives that Congress continues to block.

Devastating impact of tobacco advertising

More than 15 years ago, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the nation’s major cigarette manufacturers for their gross misrepresentation of the hazards of smoking to the public.

It’s your health

As the March 31 deadline approaches to enroll in health insurance, there are still thousands of Dallas County residents that remain uninsured.